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If you need some help along your journey, we’ll make sure you’re safe and comfortable all the way. Let us know the type of assistance you need at the airport and during your flight. You can tell us when you book, or at least 48 hours before you travel. There’s a list of our local numbers here. Otherwise you can ask your travel agent to make the arrangements.

Deaf or hearing impaired passengers

Making a booking

If you are deaf or hearing impaired and require special assistance during your journey with us, please let us know at the time of booking. If you have booked your flight on or with another on-line booking agency, please contact your local Emirates office after booking to advise us of your requirements.

In the USA and Canada, you may contact us on our TTY number (see below).

At the airport

We have monitors that display flight information for all our passengers, and most gate areas have electronic displays that indicate specific flight information. Our gate agents will provide verbal flight information including boarding announcements and notice of any flight delay or gate changes. Please inform our check-in agent if you are deaf or hearing impaired so that we can provide special assistance to you in the event that your flight is delayed, or if the departure gate is changed after you have checked-in.

On board

  • Individual safety briefings are given to any customer who requests them. Included in the briefing is an explanation of safety procedures, exit locations, and communication regarding the most appropriate way to provide assistance to you in accordance with your needs.
  • A Flight Attendant will provide updates to you during the flight when announcements are made.
  • Onboard headphones are compatible with standard hearing aids switched to the 'T' position.
  • On all Emirates aircraft, pre-recorded video aircraft safety briefings are captioned in both English and Arabic. We also offer many movies which are closed captioned on Emirates aircraft equipped with our inflight entertainment system, ice.

Our inflight entertainment system, ice - Closed Captions on movies

Closed Captioning, the technology that shows actors' dialogue as well as referencing sound effects on a movie, is available in English on ice equipped aircraft only. Each month we typically offer around 30 new release movies with Closed Captions.

To explore specific services and amenities available on your next trip with Emirates, please use service finder.

Blind or visually impaired passengers

Making a booking

If you are blind or visually impaired and require guidance assistance or directions upon arrival at the airport or any other special assistance during your journey with us, please let us know at the time of booking. If you have booked your flight on or with another on-line booking agency, please contact your local Emirates office after booking to advise us of your requirements.

At the airport

A Meet and Assist Service is available to guide you to and from the aircraft gate – or if you prefer, you may make use of wheelchair assistance. At your request, we can also provide you with flight connection and transfer assistance.

On board

  • Individual safety briefings are given to any customer who requests them. Included in the briefing is an explanation of safety procedures, exit locations, and communication regarding the most appropriate way to provide assistance to you in accordance with your needs.
  • Every Emirates aircraft comes equipped with Safety Briefing Cards printed in Braille for our customers who have vision disabilities.
  • Our Flight Attendants will read to you the meal menu options, identify food items and placement on your tray and assist with opening packages upon request.
  • Due to safety regulations you will not be allocated an exit row seat.

Passengers with restricted mobility

Airport wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are available at all airport locations, and we can assist you with transportation from the terminal entrance (or a vehicle drop-off point adjacent to the entrance) to the boarding gate, making connections (if applicable), and transportation from the aircraft to the terminal entrance (or a vehicle pick-up point adjacent to the entrance) at your destination.

Travelling with your own wheelchair or assistive device

  • Emirates accepts motorised and non-motorised wheelchairs and assistive devices for transport. However, there are some restrictions on size and weight that you should discuss with your booking agent at the time of booking.
  • We provide storage for one passenger's collapsible, manual wheelchair in the aircraft cabin on many Emirates aircraft on a first-come first-served basis, if you request for pre-boarding assistance at the departure gate. If you wish to take your own wheelchair to the gate, you must arrive at the gate at least 60 minutes prior to departure. Wheelchairs or assistive devices that are too large or heavy to be accommodated in the aircraft cabin will be carried in the hold.
  • Non-collapsible wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and power scooters are accepted as checked baggage. These items can be checked at the main check-in counter.
  • If you travel with a battery-powered wheelchair or other mobility aid, certain safeguards must be taken before you travel. Please provide us with at least 48 hours advance notice of your requirement and advise us of the dimensions and weight, and the type of battery used for your equipment. Also, be sure to check-in at the airport at least one hour ahead of scheduled check-in time so that we can ensure that your equipment is transported in accordance with all dangerous goods handling requirements.
  • When necessary, we will disassemble and reassemble wheelchairs or assistive devices for customers when they travel. If we do need to disassemble your wheelchair, our employees will need instructions: please bring the manufacturer’s instructions with you to the airport. You will be asked to check-in the wheelchair at the check-in area and you will need to be present during the disassembly/reassembly of the device.
  • Medical equipment and up to two assistive devices which are approved for transportation in cabin do not count towards the number of carry-on baggage a passenger is allowed free of charge.
  • Canes/crutches must be stowed under your seat prior to take-off and landing. The cane or crutches must lie flat on the floor and should not block emergency exits or protrude into the aisle.

Pre-boarding assistance

Passengers with special needs will be provided with pre-boarding assistance upon request, allowing the opportunity to be seated prior to general boarding.

Assistance and accessibility in-flight

Onboard wheelchair

Onboard wheelchairs designed to fit in the aisle of our aircraft are available on all Emirates flights to assist non-ambulatory passengers to move to and from the aircraft lavatory.

Stowage of carry-on items

Assistance with stowing and retrieval of carry-on items and small assistive devices permitted to be carried on board the aircraft is furnished upon request.

Aisle seats with movable armrests

We provide aisle seats with movable armrests so passengers who use wheelchairs to board the aircraft can more easily transfer into their seats. The number and locations of aisle seats with movable armrests may vary by aircraft type. You may select a seat with a movable armrest through your reservations agent or, where available, during online check-in using the seat map for your flight on However please note that due to safety regulations, you won’t be allocated an exit row seat.

Oxygen information

Therapeutic oxygen

Emirates can provide onboard therapeutic oxygen, subject to availability. Please complete a Medical Information Form to let us know of the litres per minute flow rate you need at least 48 hours before your flight departs. There is no charge for this service.

Customer-owned Portable Oxygen Concentrators

GCAA approved portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) are permitted on board for use during your flight and do not count towards your carry-on baggage limit.

List of GCAA Approved POC Devices:

  • Airsep Focus
  • AirSep Free Style
  • Airsep Free Style 5
  • Airsep Lifestyle
  • Delphi.RS-00400
  • DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo
  • Inogen One
  • Inogen One G2
  • Inogen One G3
  • Inogen One G4
  • Inova Labs LifeChoice
  • Inova Labs Lifechoice Activox
  • International Biophysics Corporation's LifeChoice
  • Invacare XPO2
  • Invacare Solo2
  • Oxlife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
  • Oxus RS-0400
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse
  • Respironics EverGo
  • Respironics SimplyGO
  • S8 AutoSetSpirit
  • SeQuel Eclipse
  • SeQuel SAROS
  • SeQual Technologies, Inc.’s eQuinox Oxygen System (Model 4000)
  • Oxywell Oxygen System (Model 4000)
  • VBOX, Inc.’s Trooper

In accordance with UAE GO-CAA regulations, if you wish to use a POC on board your flight you must submit to an Emirates reservations agent a physician’s statement in English or with an English translation (at least 48 hours prior to travel) that:

  • states that you have the physical and cognitive ability to see, hear and understand the device’s aural and visual cautions and warnings and are able to take appropriate action, without assistance, in response to those cautions and warnings; and
  • states whether or not oxygen use is medically necessary for all or a portion of the duration of the trip; and
  • specifies the maximum oxygen flow rate corresponding to the pressure in the cabin of the aircraft under normal operating conditions.

You must bring the physician’s statement with you on the day of travel and report to the check-in desk one hour in advance of scheduled check-in time.

You are responsible for travelling with a sufficient supply of batteries to last the entire journey (including transit and unexpected delays). POCs may not be used when seated at an exit row or bulkhead seat.

You will not be able to use other POCs on board but they will be permitted as carry-on or checked baggage under the following conditions:

  • The POC must be empty and free of pressure.
  • The battery should be removed and packaged separately; or
  • The POC should have a recessed battery terminal and the packaged battery terminals should not contact any metal objects.

Download a sample physician’s statement for the use of POC devices in flight (PDF)(Opens a PDF in a new tab)

Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) / Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) / Ventilator and Respirator Devices

CPAP/PAP devices are permitted on board for use during your flight and do not count towards your carry-on baggage limit. Please ensure that this does not exceed the size or weight for approved stowage of cabin baggage.

In accordance with UAE General Civil Aviation Authority regulations, customers who wish to use their CPAP/PAP device on board, may do so without prior approval*.

We no longer require a notification or a medical verification statement if you wish to carry and use your CPAP/PAP device in the aircraft cabin. You can either mention this to our team when you book your flight or we will add as a note to your booking at the airport.

You are responsible for travelling with a sufficient supply of batteries to last the entire journey, including transit and unexpected delays.

While the device may be plugged into the aircraft’ in-seat plug, the power specifications may vary on different aircraft. There is no guarantee that the power supply will be available throughout the journey.

The in-seat power may not be available during take-off and landing of an aircraft.

When in use, the device must not obstruct access to a seat row or block an Aisle. When not in use the device must be stowed in an approved stowage location, so it does not block the aisle or entryway into the row. Batteries for CPAP/PAP machines carried on board the aircraft in carry-on baggage must be preserved from short circuit and should be packaged in a manner that protects them from physical damage. Batteries protected from short circuit include:

  • those designed with recessed battery terminals; or
  • those packaged so that the battery terminals do not contact metal objects, including the battery terminals of other batteries.

If CPAP/PAP devices are carried on board an aircraft as carry-on baggage but are not intended to be used during the flight, the batteries must be removed and packaged separately, unless the device contains at least two effective protective features to prevent accidental operation during transport.

*If you have additional medical requests, please continue to complete the Physician’s statement (Opens a PDF in a new tab) along with the MEDIF Form (Medical Information for Fitness to Travel or Special Assistance) and send it to your email client) no later than 48 hours before your flight’s departure time.

Passengers requiring escorts

For safety reasons, you would need to travel with an escort or attendant if you:

  • need to travel in a stretcher or incubator, or require medical attention during the flight. The escort must be able to attend to your personal and medical needs.
  • are unable to comprehend or respond properly to safety instructions due to a mental disability.
  • are unable to assist in your own evacuation of the aircraft.
  • have severe hearing and vision impairments and cannot establish some means of communication with airline employees.

Flight attendants are not permitted to assist with feeding or personal hygiene and lavatory functions. They cannot lift or carry you, and they cannot provide medical services such as giving injections. If your medical condition requires others to provide this type of care, you should travel with a ticketed attendant or escort who can see to these needs during the flight.

Service Dogs

In accordance with United Arab Emirates Federal Government regulations, all animals must enter the UAE as manifested cargo. An exception is made for guide dogs for the visually impaired (seeing-eye dogs), which may travel free of charge in the aircraft cabin on direct Emirates flights from European Union member states to Dubai or to or from Dubai to the US and Canada.

Emirates requires at least 48 hours advance notice that a passenger with a disability intends to travel with a guide dog in the cabin so that arrangements can be made to receive the animal in the passenger terminal at Dubai Airport.

A guide dog may be seated with the passenger in the aircraft cabin if the animal can be accommodated without obstructing the main cabin aisle or emergency exit row. Due to safety regulations, passengers traveling with guide dogs won’t be allocated exit-row seats.

All other service dogs will be accepted for travel free of charge as manifested cargo, provided that the passenger provides credible evidence that the animal is a service dog and is in possession of the requisite health and other entry/exit permits required for the animal to travel into the UAE/USA or Canada. Further information on animal import/export permit requirements for the United Arab Emirates may be found at an external website in a new tab)

Complaint Resolution Officials for Customers with Special Needs

Emirates has employees at departure point airports in the United States, Milan (MXP), Athens and in Dubai who are trained as complaint resolution officials (CROs) and are available during operating hours. Our CROs are trained to handle special needs requests and are aware of disability regulations for air travel to and from the USA. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our services, please ask to speak to a CRO. If your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction with a CRO, you may refer it to the US Department of Transportation via any of the following means:

By telephone: Toll-Free Hotline for Air Travellers with Disabilities
1-800-778-4838 (voice)
1-800-455-9880 (TTY)

By telephone: Aviation Consumer Protection Division
202-366-2220 (voice)
202-366-0511 (TTY)

By mail: Air Consumer Protection Division
C-75, US Dept of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE.
West Building, Room W96-432
Washington, DC 20590

The United States Department of Transportation's Final Rule on Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel applies to Emirates flights operating to and from the United States of America.

You can obtain a copy of this regulation in an accessible format on the The United States Department of Transportation's website(Opens an external website in a new tab)